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Development of the Production of Beads and Jade Objects

"Development of the Production of Beads and Jade Objects"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 15, 2021 (Tue) - December 19, 2021 (Sun)

  
Faceted Bead, Crystal
Excavated at Izumi Koganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th-5th century (Important Cultural Property)

Beads produced in the Kofun period (ca. 3rd–7th century), which changed in complicated ways over time, show great variety both in terms of type and material. They were combined in various ways depending on who wore them and what rituals they were used for. In the first half of the Kofun period, the Hokuriku and San’in regions – located along the Sea of Japan – were the main centers of the bead production, while the latter half of the period saw mass production even in the Kinki region, where Kyoto and Osaka are located today.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 5 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Comma-Shaped Bead ("Magatama") Excavated at Izumi Koganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka Kofun period, 4th - 5th century J-36931-5-1
_MD_RECOMMEND Cylindrical Beads ("Kudatama"), Jasper Excavated at Funakiyama No. 24 Tumulus, Motosu-shi, Gifu Kofun period, 4th-5th century J-38333-11
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Irregularly-shaped Cylindrical Beads ("Kudatama"), Jasper Excavated at Izumi Koganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka Kofun period, 4th-5th century J-36931-7
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Faceted Bead, Crystal Excavated at Izumi Koganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka Kofun period, 4th-5th century J-36931-33
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Barrel-Shaped Beads Found at Izumi Koganezuka Tumulus, Osaka Kofun period, 4th–5th century J-36931-27
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